For quite some time JK Rowling has been working on the script for the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, with the first part of the three movie series coming November 18th, 2016 (with 2018 & 2019 set for the parts 2 &3). There’s also a director, with David Yates set to return to the Potter realm for the movie.
What’s the film is currently lacking is someone to play the movie’s hero, Newt Scamander, but now Variety says Yates and Warner Bros. are narrowing down their choices and that currently Eddie Redmayne is the top choice for the role. No offer has been made and a few other actors are being considered, including Nicholas Hoult, but the Theory Of Everything Oscar winner is the front-runner.
The movie is set 70 years before the Harry Potter movies and follows ‘magiczoologist’ Scamander after he sets out to write the book Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (which is one of Harry’s textbooks). The other main characters are two American girls and two American boys, who will be cast soon.